Apr 11 2011
I’m sure by now everyone’s heard about Anime on Demand, a new UK streaming service designed to rival the likes of crunchyroll. Lets see what the pros/cons are of each…
Anime on Demand:
-Has a bunch of shows crunchyroll is already streaming to the UK
-*Much* lower video quality than crunchyroll
-Is behind crunchyroll on the shows it shares
-A site that’s pretty terrible to navigate (current shows are where?) and is seemingly just AnimeNewsNetwork with a horrid red skin
(click for fullsize… lol, compression. Heck, even the player itself is full of compression artifacts, fail much?)
-Better video quality
-Has *way* more shows, including an impressive back catalogue and an ever increasing drama section (though admittedly few drama gets licensed for the UK)
-Site doesn’t cause eye cancer
-Doesn’t always license everything for the UK (no doubt they would have streamed Steins;Gate to us if AnimeOnDemand didn’t have it, seeing as they’re streaming it to pretty much every other country in the world)
(Left = 720p, right = 480p… both of which far better encoded than Anime on Demand’s 720p stream. *facepalm*)
Why oh why is anime on demand licensing shows that Crunchyroll is already streaming to us (or was planning on streaming to us)?!!! It makes no sense, no-one in their right mind would pay for something from one company that they can get for better quality from another.
Not to mention the use of AnimeNewsNetwork’s entire backend (for video streaming, account management, and providing forums) makes them seem *INCREDIBLY LAZY*, it makes it look like they’re just in it to make a quick bit of cash (lol, as if that’s ever going to happen… less than 200 subscribers was it?) rather than providing a service that is actually any good.
So frankly, unless you’re desperate to watch Steins;Gate legally in the UK i’d suggest you keep your money in your wallet (or continue giving it to Crunchyroll) until Anime On Demand improve their service somewhat.